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Admin
Forum Admin

USA
151 Posts

Posted - 11/07/2001 :  8:35:17 PM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage Send Admin a Private Message
Here's what previous readers had to say:

"i too am very taken with the beauty and wide range of hand dyed yarns.. i think my favorites are those from SHEAFER. the one i am currently using is called LAUREL and it is gorgeous! it is 100% pima cotton and the colors are so subtle that is is amazing. i also have used their hand dyed marino and the results are spell binding. it sold at my local yarn shop for 30.00 per 400 yards!!!! not at all a bad price i don't think!" Gini, 7/1/2001

"For a beautiful collection of natural and plant dyed yarns, go to www.lalanawools.com (this shop is located in Taos, NM). The owner's speciality is working with natural & plant dyes. I haven't personally used her yarns, but friends have, & the yarn and resulting garments were gorgeous. I believe dye kits may be available for those who wish to try plant/natural dyes themselves. I have no affiliation with the store or owner." rranch, 6/29/2001

"Thanks for the info on hand dyed yarns, but you left out my favorite souce--Brown Sheep makes Handpaint yarn that is reasonable and comes in many more colorways than just a year or so ago. The problem with all this is that to get naturally dyed, handpainted yarns I still have to do it myself." bflexner, 6/28/2001

gottaknit
New Pal

Canada
8 Posts

Posted - 11/08/2001 :  10:12:11 AM  Show Profile Send gottaknit a Private Message
I guess I'm spoiled because for me, nothing comes close to Colinette's many yarns for colour, fantastic textures and pure quality. I met her here in Toronto many years ago when her yarns were just starting. She gave lectures in simplistic sweater design using her yarns with a minimum of finishing details - dynamic woman!
Unfortunately ... it's getting harder to find her yarns in TO
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cwsulliv
New Pal

USA
4 Posts

Posted - 11/10/2001 :  09:08:30 AM  Show Profile Send cwsulliv a Private Message
If you like cotton and rayon, a great source for hand-painted yarns is Blue Heron Yarns (http://www.blueheronyarns.com/). No affiliation, just a satisfied customer!

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Kristin
Seriously Hooked

USA
606 Posts

Posted - 11/12/2001 :  02:08:55 AM  Show Profile Send Kristin a Private Message
Peggy Wescott at Motomo Gallery (http://www.motomogallery.com/YarnHandDyed.html) makes some terrific hand-dyed yarns. Lots of cotton chenilles, angora/silk, cashmere/cotton, etc. I've had nothing but great yarn from her.

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Hello Knitty
Permanent Resident

1069 Posts

Posted - 11/14/2001 :  12:45:11 PM  Show Profile Send Hello Knitty a Private Message
quote:

I guess I'm spoiled because for me, nothing comes close to Colinette's many yarns for colour, fantastic textures and pure quality. I met her here in Toronto many years ago when her yarns were just starting. She gave lectures in simplistic sweater design using her yarns with a minimum of finishing details - dynamic woman!
Unfortunately ... it's getting harder to find her yarns in TO




You can mail order Colinette yarns from Ram Wools in Winnipeg, http://www.ramwools.com, and Knit n Stitch in West Vancouver, http://www.knit-n-stitch.com.

I just discovered Colinette chenille and had a disasterous experience trying to do a scarf! So I chalked that up to experience and bought some more!



Edited by - hello knitty on 11/15/2001 13:00:54
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gottaknit
New Pal

Canada
8 Posts

Posted - 11/16/2001 :  10:58:14 AM  Show Profile Send gottaknit a Private Message
Kitty - her yarns aren't the most forgiving but worth it. I remember when first buying Fandango and Chenille - the wool shop owner strongly suggested taking the hanks outside and shaking them vigorously to get rid of the lint!!! He wasn't kidding either. Thanks for the mail-order sites. Problem is that I prefer to 'see' the yarns and combine them in realtime. But I may have to give up that pleasure.

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Hello Knitty
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1069 Posts

Posted - 11/20/2001 :  10:04:29 AM  Show Profile Send Hello Knitty a Private Message
Hmmm, well that explains the lint! The first time I tried Colinette chenille I wondered why I was covered in lint. I just bought some Fandango and unfortunately I didn't shake it before I wound it around some cardboard to keep it from tangling. Maybe I'll still shake it! That also explains my sneezing.

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marji-in-tc
Chatty Knitter

180 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2001 :  4:59:47 PM  Show Profile  Send marji-in-tc a Yahoo! Message Send marji-in-tc a Private Message
quote:

Peggy Wescott at Motomo Gallery (http://www.motomogallery.com/YarnHandDyed.html) makes some terrific hand-dyed yarns. Lots of cotton chenilles, angora/silk, cashmere/cotton, etc. I've had nothing but great yarn from her.





Kristin, the link comes up with an unfound page. I've tried variations and tried losing the end after the / and nothing works. I'd be interested in the yarns she is dying. Will you check the web address and re-post? Thanks

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Kristin
Seriously Hooked

USA
606 Posts

Posted - 12/07/2001 :  6:48:07 PM  Show Profile Send Kristin a Private Message
Marji,

Peggy e-mailed to say that her website is down right now. I hope she'll have it up & running soon. She's got some lovely yarns & fibers for people who like to spin that are already dyed in her gorgeous colorways.
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Kristin
Seriously Hooked

USA
606 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2001 :  1:57:38 PM  Show Profile Send Kristin a Private Message
I'm happy to say Peggy's site is back up & running. So, please, if you have a chance, take a look at her yarns & spinning fibers. She has some good stuff. I've been happy with all the yarn I bought from her over the past year.

The website is: http://www.motomogallery.com/YarnHandDyed.html

--Kristin
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Elizabeth
Permanent Resident

USA
1557 Posts

Posted - 03/26/2002 :  08:27:55 AM  Show Profile Send Elizabeth a Private Message
Kristin,

I bought some of Peggy's cashmere/cotton just to play with--I was thinking about luxury socks. I am wondering about how to wash such a blend. Must I dry clean any item made out of it--or is it safe to hand wash? Have you had experience? (I know I can experiment with a swatch, but asking you sems easier!).

Elizabeth

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motomo
New Pal

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 07/20/2002 :  08:20:16 AM  Show Profile  Visit motomo's Homepage Send motomo a Private Message
Hi Elizabeth! This is Peggy! *;)

I personally wash all hand dyed fibers in Mane 'n Tail shampoo. This can be found at Walmart and some animal shops. Specially if you live in a more country area. If you can't find it,,,then any mild shampoo will be fine. In the winter when the air is dry i'll even treat my animal fiber items to hair conditioner.

I don't recommend dry cleaning. It uses harsh chemicals and could hurt the fiber. Treat it as you would you own hair. For drying,,,I recommend laying flat and letting nature dry it. We know what a blow dryer can eventually do to our own hair.

Hope this helps! *:)
Peggy

PS thanks Kristin for showing me this great site! *:)



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maya
Warming Up

93 Posts

Posted - 07/24/2002 :  10:38:51 AM  Show Profile Send maya a Private Message
I too love Colinette yarns and have purchased mine over ebay. Just type in Colinette yarn. Most of it is half price or less.
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glampyreknits
New Pal

USA
11 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2003 :  8:28:35 PM  Show Profile  Visit glampyreknits's Homepage Send glampyreknits a Private Message
I have used Interlacements merino yarn and just loved it! I knit a sweater...if you'd like to see it, click here:

http://glampyreknits.tripod.com/glampyrephotos/id16.html

(I'm rather proud of how it came out!)

I've been experimenting with dyeing cotton yarns...I am totally addicted to it.

If you're interested in trying it, Lisa Souza(http://www.lisaknit.com/) has some really nice undyed cotton yarns some are organic. She is very helpful and kind...I've had a really positive experience with her.



-Stefanie.
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